Rejected by Netflix despite rocking the interview

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Timmayyyyy

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Don Juan de Bezos
Timmayyyyymore
Sep 3 79 Comments

I got a rejection from Netflix today despite rocking the interview. Im not sure I could have done any better, short of being a mind reader. The role has been open for a very long time, so maybe they are just super picky and rationalized some ridiculous reason to reject me. I have other FAANG offers so its not likely to be my technical performance. Have you had this happen to you?

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  • Apple pollett
    Everybody thinks they did well in interviews
    Sep 3 5
    • Apple
      Timmayyyyy

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      Don Juan de Bezos
      Timmayyyyymore
      OP
      I have enough self awareness to know when I bomb interviews. I have performed much worse in other interviews and gotten offers.
      Sep 3
    • Cisco sysqo
      So clearly you are a bad judge when it comes to your interview performance. Maybe they just did not like your answers or the way you answered them. Soft skill is a real thing.
      Sep 3
    • Apple
      Timmayyyyy

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      Don Juan de Bezos
      Timmayyyyymore
      OP
      I would be surprised if that was the case. My performance really was spot on.
      Sep 3
    • Apple pollett
      I see why you were rejected
      Sep 3
    • New kcqA50
      lol ahahahahaa
      Nov 13
  • Citibank / Mgmt 🐟r🏷️
    Don't think of it terms of a binary choice between hiring you or hiring nobody. They likely interviewed several other candidates. You might have rocked the interview, but someone else did even better (or was stronger in other areas).
    Sep 3 7
    • Citibank / Mgmt 🐟r🏷️
      Or they're dragging their feet on filling the position, which is actually what I'm thinking. Can't be that hard to fill the role.
      Sep 3
    • Apple
      Timmayyyyy

      Apple

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      Don Juan de Bezos
      Timmayyyyymore
      OP
      Maybe. It’s possible they didn’t like my use of whitespace or something. Not sure how I could bomb a coding interview where I measure twice and make an optimal cut once.
      Sep 3
    • Cisco / IT shdifigbrk
      Soft skills and attitude can have a lot to do with it and they can afford to be patient and wait for the right fit. It’s a very tight knit culture there. Not sure if you read their PPT deck about working there before you interviewed but they want people on their team that they will fight to keep on a monthly basis. Doesn’t matter if you smashed the technical aspects - if you don’t have the soft skills to go with it that make them go “HELL YES I WANT THIS GUY” then it’s a “nah, next. Maybe we’ll check back with him in a few months.”
      Sep 3
    • Apple
      Timmayyyyy

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      Don Juan de Bezos
      Timmayyyyymore
      OP
      The feedback was that I didn’t smash the technical aspects though. They gave me positive feedback on my soft skills.
      Sep 3
    • Cisco / IT shdifigbrk
      Well given that you’ve been pretty adamant about smashing the technical portion, one of you is off.

      Alternatively, it could be that your technical skills were fine, but that it opens up far more liability to tell someone “god you had bad breath and stank so bad” vs a polite “sorry, we didn’t like your solution even if it may have worked.” Maybe something you said, maybe mannerisms, who knows - could be any number of things. Sorry man i know it sucks when they don’t pin it down for you so you can fix it for next time.

      Think of it like this - Hooters girls are always young and hot right? They get away with it by saying the old ugly ones don’t have the right “cultural fit” or whatever, even if the old ugly dude has 20 years of experience as a server and could do a way better job (and thus make more money by turning over tables faster etc).
      Sep 3
  • Bloomberg / Eng klnx
    Not surprising seeing as you won’t even consider the possibility you didn’t do as well as you thought you did
    Sep 3 4
    • Apple
      Timmayyyyy

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      Don Juan de Bezos
      Timmayyyyymore
      OP
      I didn’t do the behavioral portion as well as I could have, but they specifically gave me bad feedback on the coding portion, which I did near perfect. It just doesn’t add up.
      Sep 3
    • Netflix hfirnrj
      Obviously you are very humble.. or ignorant to think it was near perfect.
      Sep 3
    • I was humble enough to later look up the answer, and confirmed I did indeed have the most efficient and bug-free solution. What bothered me most was the dishonest feedback, not getting rejected.
      Sep 6
    • Netflix hfirnrj
      Who’s that? At what company ?
      Sep 7
  • Netflix bread
    Given your responses here I’d say the hiring manager made the right decision in passing on you.
    Sep 3 2
    • Netflix hfirnrj
      I tend to agree, not a stunning humble colleague it seems.
      Sep 3
    • New kcqA50
      I agree 100% , just by his talk on this thread I already have a feeling I would not want to be in the same team with him, like seriously.
      Now imagine the depth they got this feeling during the hours of on-site with him. YIKESSSSSSS
      Nov 13
  • Apple rainyDayz
    It means they think you didn’t rock the interview 🤷‍♂️
    Sep 3 4
    • Apple
      Timmayyyyy

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      Don Juan de Bezos
      Timmayyyyymore
      OP
      I’m not sure anyone else could have rocked it then, at least the coding portion. The problem was too easy to differentiate candidates.
      Sep 3
    • New oeeL53
      Maybe you spent too long designing the algorithm and then ran out of time for them to ask a follow up?
      Sep 3
    • Apple
      Timmayyyyy

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      Don Juan de Bezos
      Timmayyyyymore
      OP
      I only spent the necessary time designing it before jumping into code. If I got dinged for not jumping straight to code, that’s just silly. It was a very easy problem that wouldn’t have led to any interesting follow up. I would think the point of coding questions Is seeing how you solve problems and code, not how fast can you code to the finish line.
      Sep 3
    • Netflix hfirnrj
      Clearly you know more than any interviewer. You were just too good for us to hire, too smart and too senior. It’s for the best you got another, better offer.
      Sep 3
  • Microsoft / Eng learm
    move on, it happes a lot, sometimes they dont really want to hire pp, just show outside they are good and keep on hiring.
    In poker world, it is called bluff
    Sep 3 1
    • Apple
      Timmayyyyy

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      Don Juan de Bezos
      Timmayyyyymore
      OP
      That does happen a lot. It just sucks to be on the receiving end with a company like Netflix that has a very lengthy interview process. I invested a lot of time into it.
      Sep 3
  • Samsung / Eng ALvc28
    they ask trap questions you might feel that you provided a great answer but the question they asked was invalid.. happened to me...
    Sep 3 6
    • Samsung / Eng ALvc28
      they asked me to code a react component I did the right solution and the interviewer deliberately guided me to code in a different pattern which fb says is an anti pattern ... found out later while researching.. not fun when you are under stress
      Sep 3
    • Apple
      Timmayyyyy

      Apple

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      Don Juan de Bezos
      Timmayyyyymore
      OP
      The interviewer was very pushy and kept trying to command me to go a certain way, but I kept my cool. He even tried to push me to start coding it on the laptop without designing the algorithm first!
      Sep 3
    • Netflix hfirnrj
      He probably tried to help you because you were doing things incorrectly.
      You kept it cool and still believe you nailed the answer. You probably run out of time because interviewer had a lot of follow ups for the question
      Sep 3
    • Quite the opposite. As I was writing the code, the interviewer would interrupt me and try to push me to change the syntax to his personal preference, it was like a bad code review. I checked the answer after I got home just to double check myself and confirmed I had the right solution.
      Sep 6
    • Netflix hfirnrj
      Thank god we didn’t hire this “jerk”, brilliant or not. His behavior is telling
      Sep 7
  • New oaxnevb
    They found you unfit culturally
    Sep 3 4
    • Apple
      Timmayyyyy

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      Don Juan de Bezos
      Timmayyyyymore
      OP
      Maybe. I thought I would have been a better cultural fit than some of the interviewers. But they’re there, and I’m not.
      Sep 3
    • Citibank / Mgmt 🐟r🏷️
      You're really taking this far too personally.
      Sep 3
    • Apple
      Timmayyyyy

      Apple

      BIO
      Don Juan de Bezos
      Timmayyyyymore
      OP
      Some of them weren’t the best communicators, which is a Netflix culture value. Figuring out the ask was like pulling teeth. That is only one dimension though.
      Sep 3
    • Netflix hfirnrj
      Good job blaming people who interviewed you! We should totally reconsider!!
      Sep 3
  • Google burnItDown
    If you think you totally mind read and totally rocked the interviews, then the interviewers are the ones who rocked.
    Sep 3 2
    • Apple
      Timmayyyyy

      Apple

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      Don Juan de Bezos
      Timmayyyyymore
      OP
      Call me Chris Angel. I’m a mind freak.
      Sep 3
    • Google burnItDown
      Haha almost sounds like a Childish Gambino line
      Sep 3
  • Microsoft
    E8@FB

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    Taco Bell, Campbell Soup, Jack in the Box
    E8@FBmore
    Clearly you didn’t rock the interview. Get off your delusional horse.
    Sep 3 0
  • Amazon Kj34
    Interview performance is not everything. They may have specific experience or skills that they are looking for, and that they don’t tell you about. There’s nothing you can do about that - you either have that or you don’t.
    Sep 3 4
    • Apple
      Timmayyyyy

      Apple

      BIO
      Don Juan de Bezos
      Timmayyyyymore
      OP
      The majority of companies like Amazon refuse to give feedback. Whereas Netflix is one of the few companies you can get direct interview feedback from. I would have liked some actual feedback instead of bs, given the time I put into it.
      Sep 3
    • Citibank / Mgmt 🐟r🏷️
      What answer are you seeking from Blind?
      Sep 3
    • Apple
      Timmayyyyy

      Apple

      BIO
      Don Juan de Bezos
      Timmayyyyymore
      OP
      Happy endings ;) Maybe someone with the same experience got called back to interview for a different team or even the same team months later.
      Sep 3
    • Netflix hfirnrj
      Come back in a year, but improve your attitude between now and then.
      Sep 3
  • Uber Uber
    Your personal interview performance is only one of many variables that decides yes/no for hiring. Equally important is how others did, and how aggressive they are in hiring at the time (open headcount).

    You really have to disengage mentally from the process and just not think anything until you get offered. Prep, but don’t overly focus on any one company or role because you can do everything right and still get rejected.
    Sep 3 3
    • Apple
      Timmayyyyy

      Apple

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      Don Juan de Bezos
      Timmayyyyymore
      OP
      This.
      Sep 3
    • Apple / Eng 🐒codemonk
      Sick user name
      Sep 3
    • Walmart NEwo62
      Sensible advice.
      Sep 5
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    • Apple
      Timmayyyyy

      Apple

      BIO
      Don Juan de Bezos
      Timmayyyyymore
      OP
      That’s what my 30 calorie fortune cookie said
      Sep 3
    • Google / Eng mmadev
      Gotta get Panda Express cookies, 5 calories less, probably would’ve got the offer
      Sep 3
  • Netflix televisor
    Sorry to hear you had a bad experience. Good thing you've smartly diversified with applications to multiple companies. Hope you kick butt wherever you end up. Best wishes.
    Sep 3 0
  • Netflix hfirnrj
    Op - learn to be a better person. You are literally complaining to every single person about failing the interview and how much time you invested.

    Guess what - it’s an opportunity cost. Stop whining - we all have been there.
    Move on - shit happens.
    Maybe you are not as good as you think and tell everyone.
    Maybe your interviewer is not.
    Maybe it’s bad luck.
    Maybe it’s for the best.
    Move on with your life.
    Close this thread.
    Sep 3 0
  • Dropbox vpmO82
    It could be they didn't like you. There so much more goes beyond technical evaluation.
    Sep 3 0
  • Spotify 56hgtYlA
    Let it go
    Sep 3 3
    • Apple
      Timmayyyyy

      Apple

      BIO
      Don Juan de Bezos
      Timmayyyyymore
      OP
      I already did. Hopefully it was an issue with my own performance, and the interviewer isn’t some asshole who does that to all the candidates (or the ones he doesn’t like)
      Sep 3
    • Citibank / Mgmt 🐟r🏷️
      Sure, they're the assholes, it's not you. Let's go with that if it makes you feel better. 🙄
      Sep 3
    • Netflix hfirnrj
      Dude, 99% chance it’s you and you didn’t rock at all
      Sep 4
  • Lime yikes_
    "It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. That is not a weakness. That is life."
    Sep 4 0
  • Netflix BunnyLove
    Most cases competition will dictate who gets the job. It's very hard to predict and figure out what happened in a particular case. It's almost like hitting the lottery, too many factors about others in the pipeline make it hard to predict an outcome. Prepare really well - give it your absolute authentic best android then forget about it! You can only control yourself. It's always for the best if it doesn't work out today!
    Sep 4 0
  • Netflix / Eng OA3
    Recruiters don't necessarily tell you the full truth. The team may be looking for a diversity candidate and you have to be perfect if you are not.
    Sep 4 1
    • Netflix hfirnrj
      That happened in out team
      Sep 5

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